first_imgSaturday,  June 15th Steep Canyon RangersFriday, July 19th – GalacticSaturday, August 24th – MOE First Name: Last Name: Email*: Phone Number: Address*: City*: State*: ALAKAZARCACOCTDCDEFLGAHIIDILINIAKSKYLAMEMDMAMIMNMSMOMTNENVNHNJNMNYNCNDOHOKORPARISCSDTNTXUTVTVAWAWVWIWYZip Code*: I certify that I am over the age of 18.* denotes required field Make sure you add the East Coast’s highest town and ski resort on to your summer bucket list of travel. Beech Mountain boasts not only the East Coast’s highest skiing but also an awesome Summer Concert Series featuring the likes of The Steep Canyon Rangers, MOE, Galactic and more.Break a sweat before the show on Beech’s Mountain Bike trails (both downhill and cross-country), try mountain-top yoga or catch a round of disc golf. And don’t forget to apré with Beech Mountain Brewing Company.Enter below for 2 free tickets to for one of the following shows:last_img read more

first_imgSpeakers Bureau urged to talk about the merit selection system Senior EditorEven though voters throughout Florida rejected extending merit selection and retention to trial judges in 2000, it’s important for the Bar and the judiciary to educate residents about the process.The Judicial Administration, Selection, and Tenure Committee, adopting the report of a subcommittee, has recommended that the Bar use its Speakers Bureau and other resources to explain the merit system to citizens.The report was presented to the Bar Board of Governors at its August meeting.The subcommittee was formed after the 2000 election, in which every circuit and county — pursuant to a 1998 constitutional amendment — had the option to switch from the current method of electing trial judges with mid-term vacancies filled by merit selection to a pure merit selection and retention system. The merit system was rejected everywhere in the state.Second District Court of Appeal Judge Morris Silberman, who chaired the subcommittee, said the intent was not to gear up another campaign for merit referendums, but rather to inform the public about how the judicial selection system works.That includes that the appellate bench is chosen strictly by merit selection and retention, while the trial bench is a hybrid system, with all judges standing for election at the end of their term, although incumbents rarely draw opposition.“The JAST Committee was concerned about various things that have appeared in the press and we’ve all been discussing in the past relating to merit selection and retention,” Silberman said. “The subcommittee was formed to look into how we as The Florida Bar can educate the public.“The overriding sense was we should continue our efforts as a Bar to educate the public about what merit retention is. This is the system we’ve got, and we need to let the public know the benefits and the reality.”The subcommittee divided its reports into two parts: the first was conclusions and recommendations, and the second covered general observations.“The Bar’s Speakers Bureau is a particular program that can help to educate the public on the issue,” the report said in its recommendations section. “Judges and Bar members should be encouraged to accept speaking engagements relating to merit selection and retention, but also relating generally to the role and responsibilities of the judiciary. More judicial involvement would be helpful, and it is our understanding that judges can speak on issues relating to the administration of justice and role of the judiciary.”Other suggestions include:• Approaching media editorial boards on the issue, and working to get the media to include educational information when they do stories on the court system. “For example, if a particular case or controversial ruling is being reported, mention could be made of the role of the judiciary to follow and apply the law,” the report said. “This is particularly important when unpopular but legally correct court decisions are made.”• Reaching out to schools, civic, and religious groups to educate them about the judiciary, its functions, and the benefits of merit selection and retention.• Individual lawyers, as well as the Bar, must work with and educate legislators about the judicial system and merit selection. The committee said nonlawyer members of judicial nominating commissions and Bar grievance committees also would be excellent resources to meet with lawmakers.• If the Bar does any future radio and TV advertising, it should include education about the merit process.• The Bar could enhance its Web site to inform residents about the merit process, “as well as for general information about the role and responsibility of the Bar, lawyers, and judges.”• Survey responses, including from jurors, could be publicized at both the trial and appellate level as an educational tool. While the number of such responses is relatively low, “jurors have an excellent vantage point on the demeanor of judges, how they handle their courtrooms, and the like,” the report said.The subcommittee also concluded that it shouldn’t be creating expensive or new programs and emphasized that use of the Speakers Bureau and individual efforts offered the best possibilities.Observations made by the subcommittee include:• Most judicial disciplinary cases involve judges initially elected rather than judges who were merit appointed.• The public seems to feel that switching to merit selection for trial judges would deprive people of their right to vote. But in reality, under merit retention all judges would appear on the ballot, while with elections, most incumbent judges don’t draw opponents and hence don’t appear before voters. (In circuit court races this year, for example, out of 246 seats up for election, only 24 drew contested races and most of those were for open seats. Two additional seats were originally contested, but a candidate dropped out leaving only one qualifier for those seats. Nine new judgeships created by the legislature had a separate qualifying period and eight of those nine posts resulted in contested races.)• More information should be gathered on the workings of programs in Missouri and Colorado that aim to educate voters about judges up for merit retention.• JAST efforts should be focused on general education, not involvement in races.• Special efforts are needed to educate the public that judges cannot take positions on issues, “and why that restriction is meaningful to maintain an independent judiciary,” the report said. Related to that, the subcommittee noted that the public must understand that judges are obligated to apply and follow the law.• The public needs to be educated about JNCs and the “selection” side of merit selection and retention. “Although there is a different kind of politics involved in the merit selection process, the positive differences between merit selection and election should be addressed,” the report said.• Members of civic groups should be encouraged to reach out to legislators, the media, and others to show their support for the merit process and an independent judiciary. “As one subcommittee member noted, getting nonlawyers to carry the message is at least as important as having lawyers and the Bar get the message out,” the report said. Speakers Bureau urged to talk about the merit selection system September 1, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The FBI Monday reportedly delayed publishing a long-awaited website under the auspices of Countering Violent Extremism amid concerns voiced by Muslim rights groups uncomfortable with the program’s apparent disproportionate focus on Muslims. The website, dubbed “Don’t Be a Puppet,” was reportedly designed as a tool for teachers and students in school districts in America. The concept shares similarities with Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) efforts in several big cities focused on using the public to better identify people deemed susceptible to extremism. Such programs have been criticized by civil liberties groups, who argue that law enforcement is essentially outsourcing policing to community members. The fear is that such practices could cast suspicion on Muslim communities for no reason other than their religion, and doing so could erode trust between the community members and law enforcement. The FBI has yet to publicly comment on the website, but a New York Times article published online Sunday described it as an “interactive program” replete with “games” and “tips” that, in theory, would help a user—either a student or a teacher—single out people vulnerable to extremist ideology. The need for community-related anti-extremism programs have intensified as a result of the Islamic State’s success in recruiting members around the world on social media. Muslim rights groups argue, however, that people are drawn to radical views in very different ways, thus the science of countering violent extremism is flawed. Concern over the FBI’s latest project came from several Muslim and Arab rights group who were given a preview of the software. “The program is based on flawed theories of radicalization, namely that individuals radicalize in the exact same way and it’s entirely discernible,” Arjun S. Sethi, an adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center, told the Times. “But it’s not, and the F.B.I. is basically asking teachers and students to suss these things out.”The groups with access to the website also objected to its apparent sole focus on Muslims. The Washington Post, which first reported on the temporary delay, also spoke to people who had reviewed the site, and noted: “Experts disagree on what might be clear triggers for young people, similarly to the cases of dozens of non-Muslims who have perpetrated the U.S. epidemic of mass shootings.”The Council on American-Islamic Relations in a statement Monday said the program, as reported, could have an adverse effect on Muslim students. “The FBI’s job is to protect children of all faiths and backgrounds, not to offer programs that introduce suspicion into their relations with teachers and can lead to stigmatization and bullying by their peers,” said CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor.When the White House hosted a CVE in summit earlier this year, civil liberties groups questioned why white extremists groups didn’t undergo similar scrutiny. They pointed to a study published by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland, which found law enforcement’s chief concern is not related to Islam but the sovereign citizens movement. “Approximately 39 percent of respondents agreed and 28 percent strongly agreed that Islamic extremists were a serious terrorist threat,” the study noted. “In comparison, 52 percent of respondents agreed and 34 percent strongly agreed that sovereign citizens were a serious terrorist threat.”None of this is new to many Muslim communities, neither are their objections to policies that they say foster distrust. Police departments such as the NYPD have placed informants in mosques and have spied on neighborhoods with large populations of people who’ve emigrated from the Middle East, including on Long Island. The unit that spied on Muslims on LI, the five boroughs and New Jersey has since been disbanded. It’s unclear when or if the FBI will decide to unveil its new website, which was originally scheduled to go live Monday, according to reports. (Photo Credit: American Civil Liberties Union)last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police suspect foul play may be involved in the disappearance of a 19-year-old Brentwood man who was reported missing last month, authorities said.Oscar AcostaOscar Acosta, who also goes by the name Jossue, was last seen walking near his Thomas Street home at 7 p.m. on April 26, police said.He is described as 5-feet, 11-inches tall, 205 pounds with a light complexion, brown eyes and black hair.He was last seen wearing a white shirt, jeans, and black and white sneakers.Third Squad detectives ask anyone with information on Acosta’s whereabouts to call 631-854-8452 or 911.last_img read more

first_imgAP3 said it had no fixed target for investment through the joint venture, and that the amount it invested would depend on the investment opportunities presenting themselves.The joint venture will see Balder and AP3 investing equally and having equal ownership of the assets.The new residential company will focus mainly on producing rental properties in growth areas within Sweden, including the country’s three metropolitan regions, as well as other areas where the population is growing.It said the property development would concentrate on being environmentally friendly.Erik Selin, chief executive at Balder and its main owner, said it was important for the company to co-invest with a player such as AP3, which, like Balder, took a long-term view on investment.“The constellation becomes strong and opens up many possibilities,” he said.In other news, Danish labour-market pension fund PensionDanmark is buying commercial properties in the cities of Aalborg and Copenhagen.The DKK171bn (€22.9bn) pension fund has bought a 7,000sqm property in Aalborg and a 26,000sqm property in the Østerbro district of Copenhagen.The Aalborg property was bought from real estate firm Nordjyske Ejendomme, and the Østerbro building was sold by Danske Bank.PensionDanmark did not disclose the value of the deals.The largest tenants of the buildings include the Appeals Board (Ankestyrelsen), as well as corporates Egmont and Danske Bank.Karsten Withington Brink, deputy director at PensionDanmark, said: “We are continually working to expand our portfolio with well-located commercial properties with solid tenants on long leases.”The pension fund made two other property investments in Aalborg recently – Alfa Laval’s new headquarters and the building housing IT firm KMD. Swedish pensions buffer fund AP3 is taking a first step into the residential property market forming a joint venture to invest in domestic residential property with listed real estate firm Balder.Kerstin Hessius, chief executive of the SEK304bn (€32.7bn) Gothenburg-based pension fund, said: “We see good opportunities in developing our Swedish property portfolio with residential together with Balder, a well-established company in the sector.”She said the strong population growth expected in Sweden meant there was a big need for more provision of residential accommodation.Although AP3 holds more than 13% of its assets, or SEK41.1bn, in real estate, so far it has never invested in the residential sector.last_img read more

first_imgForbes 24 Sept 2013In the United States, we’re all familiar with the so-called “marriage penalty” – but what about the divorce tax?Russia is considering upping the tax on splitting up to 30,000 rubles ($941 US) from the current rate of 400 rubles ($13 US). The increase of nearly 7500% has two goals: raising revenue and discouraging divorce.The tax increase could put more than 19 billion rubles ($595 million US) back into the Russian treasury each year. That would help plug holes in the budget as concerns about Russia’s deficit continue to mount: current projections indicate that the country’s deficit will clock in at 650 billion rubles ($20.4 billion US) in 2014. The revenue raised from boosting the divorce tax would cover about 4% of the lag. Since spending is already set for 2014 and 2015 (that’s right: Russia has an actual budget on paper and we don’t), the deficit will continue to grow if there isn’t offsetting revenue – the trick, then, is to find more money.In addition to raising revenue, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has another consideration: growing conservative values. Making divorce more difficult, Medvedev reasons, makes it less likely that Russians will rush into marriage without thinking about it a little more beforehand. It may well work: the proposed tax would be more than the average monthly salary in Russia.It’s all part of the rush to morality for the country over the past few months, including a ban on homosexual “propaganda” authored by Yelena Mizulina, the head of the Committee on Family, Women and Children in the Russian Parliament. Mizulina is also at the forefront of the divorce tax, meant to stifle Russia’s “moral and demographic decline.” Mizulina’s colleague, Olga Batalina, made it clear that “a family is a marriage between a man and a woman with children, preferably at least three.” read more

first_img Share Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Valley Constituency, Dr. Colin McIntyre Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Valley Constituency Dr. Colin McIntyre is describing a ground breaking ceremony for the drilling geothermal test well at Laudat as a key towards Dominica’s energy security and economic growth.He told the official ground breaking ceremony in Laudat on Monday, that his constituency holds the greatest potential for the exploration and production of geothermal energy in Dominica and possibly the Eastern Caribbean.“This is serious business and energy to the next level. I am particularly impressed with the geothermal development energy project because of its potentially sound attribute to the environment of holding the image of the nature island as the premiere eco tourism destination as well as its expected positive impact on the country’s economy,” he said.He said the success of the exploration will greatly reduce the country’s dependence on imported fossil fuel for the generation of electricity.“In fact it is expected that in the long term, the high cost associated with the importation of fuel into Dominica for the generation of electricity will virtually disappear. We should also be reminded that the journey towards enjoying actual benefits of geothermal energy occurs in difference stages and today marks one stage,” he said. Dr. McIntyre also noted that the people of Laudat will benefit with the creation of jobs.“Many job opportunities have been created so far, for taxi drivers, heavy machine operators, security officers and a noticeable increase in revenue for vendors in Laudat,” he further explained.“Improvements have been made to the village roads and further enhancements will be made in the future,” Dr. McIntyre added.Meantime representative from the Organization of the American States (OAS) Michael Bejos said the OAS has secured funding to initiative a regional geothermal program designed to tackle several of the outstanding hurdles in the area of geothermal development.“The OAS continues to support Dominica’s geothermal development. We have worked with the Word Bank to finalize the geothermal resource law, we are supporting efforts for interconnection within the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique and we will continue to support Dominica’s efforts for geothermal development,” he said.The OAS representative also gave his organizations’ commitment to further assist the government in its needs for support.Dominica Vibes News Share 51 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Laudat residents told they will benefit from drilling test wells in their community by: – December 6, 2011 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

first_imgArea Basketball Scores.Saturday  (1-21)Boys Scores.East Central  62     Harrison  46Connersville  59     Batesville  32Oldenburg  48     Knightstown  28Franklin County  54     Milan  48Greensburg  80     South Decatur  63Lawrenceburg  55     Jac-Cen-Del  39Union County  63     North Decatur  60Hauser  61     Crothersville  47Edinburgh  59     Rising Sun  54Austin  56     SW Hanover  54Jennings County  75     South Dearborn  64Rushville  63     Morristown  49Girls Scores.Greensburg  57     Batesville  42Lady Bulldogs Win JV Game 49-15East Central  71     Lawrenceburg  39South Ripley  56     Milan  16Shawe Memorial  73     Rising Sun  42Rushville  46     Connersville  31Switz. County  73     South Decatur  58Eastern Hancock  83     Waldron  61last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Club’s server collapses over ticket demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the signing of Erling Haaland from RB Salzburg. The Norwegian striker is seen as one of Europe’s brightest young prospects, and had been heavily linked with Manchester United. However, the 19-year-old has penned a contract until 2024 with the Bundesliga side, who have an excellent reputation for developing young talent. Haaland has scored an incredible 28 goals in 22 appearances in all competitions for the Austrian side so far this season, while also racking up seven assists. He has excelled in the Champions League, scoring eight times in six group games, making him the competition’s second highest scorer behind Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski, though his side failed to qualify for the knockout stages. The news will come as a blow to United, who are known to be in the market for a striker, having failed to sign a replacement for Romelu Lukaku when the Belgian left for Inter Milan this summer.Tags: Borussia DortmundBundesligaErling HaalandManchester UnitedRB Salzburglast_img read more

first_imgReports however have it that the 20-year-old had already verbally agreed to complete a summer switch to AC Milan before heading to LOSC Lille on loan for the 2019/20 campaign.The decision to loan him to Lille is for him to get sufficient game time to aid his growth and the deal is expected to be rubber stamped in the summer, when his loan deal with Charleroi expires in the summer.Charleroi are due for some compensation from Wolfsburg to wipe out the option they have on signing him permanently after his loan spell expires.Southampton are said to be bent on luring him to St Mary’s Stadium this summer and are confident of the player successfully obtaining a work permit.Osimhen is still held in high esteem by Wolfsburg and is likely to be a man in demand this summer and the Bundesliga club would likely ask for a fee worth £20 million for the Nigerian attacker. Southampton are really pressing to have a new striker in their fold next season considering the injury problems their attackers were confronted with last season.Not one of Southampton’s current forward options have gone without niggling injury problems this season. Danny Ings and Michael Obafemi’s respective hamstring woes are well documented, Shane Long often sustains knocks, and Charlie Austin is not a reliable option.Southampton have identified the young forward as a player for their team for next season and are confident of him securing a work permit using the other means bar the number of appearances for the senior national team of Nigeria.In 2016, Osimhen turned down a move to Arsenal after Arsene Wenger had revealed he was close to bringing him to the Emirates, but his family and representatives chose the German club ahead of the Gunners.“It’s true that a big team like Arsenal wanted me and I feel honoured to be invited over. But personally I feel Wolfsburg is a ladder for me to reach my professional goals,” Osimhen had told BBC Sport.“Yes Arsenal is a good team for young players but Wolfsburg is the best club for me. This is the best place for me to learn and develop because my heart is here with Wolfsburg. The club’s plan for my career is very encouraging and I believe with God on my side I can grow to become one of the best players in the world,” he had revealed.His impressive form at Charleroi earned him a recall to the Super Eagles squad for the 2019 Nations Cup qualifier against South Africa and he also started in 0-0 friendly draw against Uganda in Asaba.“My confidence level was very low at some point and what going out on loan to Charleroi has done for me is unexplainable,” Osimhen he said.“It was tough in Germany because of the high expectations – some people started doubting me and also pushed me to start doubting myself as well.“The football in Belgium has helped, I also have a wonderful group of players around me and the coaching crew has been great with me.“As a young player, you hear people comparing you to other stars that emerged from the under-17 World Cup and never fulfilled their potential.“But now at Charleroi I have comfortably found my happiness again, and I thank everyone in Belgium and at Wolfsburg for the opportunity and support.”Osimhen was the top scorer as Nigeria clinched a fifth Under-17 World Cup title in 2015 with 10 goals in Chile, which saw him win the Golden Boot and Silver Ball.After the tournament he decided against joining English side Arsenal, to sign with the 2009 German champions Wolfsburg in January 2016, but injuries restricted him to 16 appearances for the club in all competitions.Despite being a part of the squad for two years, his lack of games meant he missed out of the 2018 World Cup with Nigeria.“I am still young and I think it wasn’t meant to be, but I can still look forward to the future,” he added.“I thank Coach Gernot Rohr for the opportunity to return to the squad and I hope to keep working hard to stay in his plans.”On the back of his impressive performance at 2015 U-17 World Cup with the Nigerian emerging the top scorer to claim both the Golden Boot and Silver Ball, the attacker joined the former German Bundesliga champions.However, the 19-year-old failed to settle into the Wolves’ senior set-up amid injury struggles and was shipped on loan to Charleroi this summer.Since moving to Belgium, the youngster has rediscovered his form, scoring seven goals in 12 outings across all competitions.The rise to prominence of Osimhen looked set to address a long-standing problem of Nigerian football: the lack of a dead-eye centre-forward. Not since the passing of Rashidi Yekini, the famed Super Eagles goleador has there been anything close to a sure thing, a player with the ability to ruthlessly home in on goal.A move to Germany always seemed a problematic fit, as Wolfsburg, whom he joined, are lacking in stability, and have been for quite a while. The constant upheaval, both managerially and administratively, would provide no kind of proper environment for fostering a promising young player.It seems now as though the intervening period has been rather wasted, as has some of his lustre. The German side was eager to farm him out in the summer, and he suffered the indignity of a number of trials in Belgium and the Netherlands, before finally earning a loan move to Charleroi. Not the most auspicious of clubs then or even manner of arrival, given his promise and the fact that he was still only 19.That is not to say that Osimhen is that ood; merely that he may be ready now to lead and if flights of fancy are acceptable, then how far off an invitation to the senior national team is he?Rohr extended invitations to him in his early days as Super Eagles boss, all the while the 19-year-old was barely getting minutes at Wolfsburg.There really is something there and while there are still a few rough edges, the diamond is just starting to peak out. What however is not clear is which club Osimhen will star for next season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Victor Osimhen He has no doubt had a good season with Charleroi culminating into his being linked with several clubs, including AC Milan and city rivals-Inter Milan. With Southampton now joining the fray, the big question is-where will Victor Osimhen ply his trade next seasons? Victor Osimhen was heavily linked to join AC Milan in the last winter transfer window but it was not to be, while city rival-Inter Milan was touting him to replace their wantaway striker and captain, Mauro Icadi at the end of the season. However, English Premier League side Southampton are said to have joined the race to sign the VfL Wolfsburg striker, Victor Osimhen this summer.Osimhen has spent the season on loan in Belgium playing for Charleroi, where he has flourished, finding the back of the net on 16 occasions in all competitions this season. last_img read more